Richmond, Va., to welcome 2021 A-10 tournament

Bill Koch | The Providence JournalThe traditional appeal of holding the Atlantic 10 men’s basketball tournament in a major market falls flat in this age of COVID-19.

“I would say all of the coaches absolutely were on board with it given the restrictions on attendance, the inability to sell tickets and moving teams around,” league commissioner Bernadette McGlade said in a conference call on Thursday afternoon.

Virginia government officials have capped attendance to date at 250, and certain VCU boosters are paying a minimum of $24,000 per seat to secure their access to games during the regular season.

Richmond and VCU both feature basketball-specific practice facilities, which will allow schools additional space to either work out on off days or shoot around before their respective games.

Staggering start times will allow staff members to sanitize game venues and permit more fans to attend via separate admissions.

McGlade said the league’s constitution prohibits programs seemingly on their way to an at-large NCAA bid from opting out of the tournament in the name of avoiding possible virus exposure.

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